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Weighing the ketogenic diet

from U.S. News & World Report

The "keto" diet might seem like the newest thing to hit the weight-loss scene since sliced (whole-grain) bread. But it has actually been around for nearly a century — as a treatment for epilepsy. Physicians first introduced the high-fat, low-carb eating approach in the 1920s after discovering that prolonged fasting (in which the body is forced to run off of its fat stores) reduced the frequency and intensity of seizures in epileptic patients, explains Dominic D'Agostino, an associate professor at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, who began studying ketogenic diets a decade ago as a way for the U.S. Navy to prevent seizures in underwater divers. more

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